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Both guys could be defined as power-pitchers given that they miss bats (especially Alburquerque) and throw hard. Villarreal slings it from a three-quarters slot, while Alburquerque comes from over the top. They both throw a fastball, sinker, and slider and average 94-95 mph with their heaters. Villarreal's slider is hard, averaging 87 mph. Alburquerque's is at 84 and gets about two more inches of "drop" than Villarreal's does. For now, it would appear that Villarreal's best pitch is his four-seamer and Alburquerque's is his slider. Some metrics by pitch type:
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So while batters have made contact on every swing off of Alburquerque's fastball, they have missed 23 out of 31 times against his slider. Wow. Also notice that Alburquerque is throwing his slider a lot more than his fastball. Positively Marmolian.
Joaquin Benoit has not been good at all after signing a big contract to be the team's eighth inning pitcher (sound familiar?), and I can't help but wonder if these guys will start getting some of Benoit's innings soon.